Vinyl Confessions: RIGHTEOUS METAL II

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In which I feature more of my favorite METAL bands that have something of a certain theological bent, let’s just say…
demon hunter - war
DEMON HUNTER – War
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DEMON HUNTER – Peace
Grouping these two together, as they were just released by Demon Hunter simultaneously. I got them as part of the deluxe pre-order I signed up for back when Solid State announced them, which included these two vinyl copies of the two albums. Nice looking, yes…sounds great, too…
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FEAR NOT – Fear Not
A much-needed remastering, as well as new updated artwork…oh, and a release on vinyl, as this was originally released only on CD and cassette back in 1993, and vinyl records had fallen out of vogue as far as music media was concerned…
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HAVEN – Your Dying Day
Another Roxx Productions remaster and re-release on vinyl of an out-of-print classic, this one from melodic heavy metal act Haven. Of course, I couldn’t have this one without getting…
haven - age of darkness
HAVEN – Age Of Darkness
…their second release, also an out-of-print classic in the genre, also given the same treatment by Roxx Productions. Gads, I love that company…

Vinyl Confessions: ODDS N’ SODS

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This week, here are some odds and ends that don’t necessarily fall into one category, picked up at various places over time…
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BABY METAL – Metal Resistance
I found this at the Half Price Books, which was kind of surprise, as I wasn’t aware of other Baby Metal fans in Omaha, other than myself and Art from the Coven of Exalted Geeks. Regardless, not my favorite of their two releases, but a find is a find…
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STRYPER – Fallen
I picked this up when Stryper swung through town back in 2016. I was afraid that it was ruined when I played it on the Cosley suitcase record player I had at the time, but fortunately that wasn’t the case when I gave it a spin on the proper turntable I got…
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The CURE – Pornography
My favorite release from The Cure. This is a re-pressing, on that 180-gram vinyl that seems to be all important to other collectors. I’ve already spun this several times. It’s great to throw on after work to decompress…
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BLACK SABBATH – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
A proto-Doom Metal classic from the masters. I would have liked to have picked up the self-titled debut or Masters Of Reality, but as the only Black Sabbath album available at the shop I stopped by that one afternoon, it’s not a bad find. This is also one of those 180-gram re-releases…

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Vinyl Confessions, part 1

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Record Player Old Retro Vinyl Records TurntableAbout a couple of years ago, I started collecting vinyl records again. I say “again”, because back when I started collecting albums, the only formats available were vinyl records and cassette tapes. Well, okay, the only affordable formats were records and cassettes. CDs were just beginning to come out, but being from a modest farming family, the Compact Disc format was a bit too pricy. But, again I digress. The point is, I’m not new to listening to this kind of format, and now that vinyl records have made a comeback, I can safely say that going back to buying and collecting them doesn’t make me a hipster wannabe.

Also, I want to point out that I really don’t hold to the pretentious notion that music sounds better on vinyl. For me, it’s more of a functional nostalgia thing, really. Obviously, the format isn’t exactly convenient; if I wanted the convenience along with the nostalgia factor in the analog music format, I would have started collecting cassette tapes again. Another old format that seems to be staging a comeback itself.

But again, I digress.

Recently, a friend of mine asked what I have in my vinyl record collection. I thought, rather than shoot off a list to her, this seemed ripe for a blog post. And thus, here we are, with the first of what may be many Vinyl Confessions posts on this bliggity-blog o’ mine. And yes, I lifted the title from the Kansas record. Brilliant bit of punning, that.

scaterd-few - sin disease
The first vinyl record I bought during this phase was the Burnt Toast Vinyl re-issue of the Scaterd-Few classic debut album Sin Disease. This album was something of an acquired taste for me, as the band never did conform to what was generally accepted and considered as “punk”, even when this was originally released. But, grow on me it did. This thing is gorgeous, with a gate-fold cover and extensive liner notes…

Side note: I also picked up one of those Cosley suitcase style portable record players that they’re manufacturing now, just to have something to play the record on. I do NOT recommend buying those things, as they’re cheap for a reason.

horde - hellig usvart
Of course, black metal should be experienced on vinyl whenever possible. This is a classic album that I’ve owned on CD as well as MP3 download, but now I have it on vinyl. Fun Fact: the package arrived with a second empty cover for the record, so I went ahead and framed the duplicate cover. It’s hanging on my wall at the Haunted Victorian…

mortification - break the curse
Originally a Light Force cassette demo when Steve Rowe took over and made the band more of a thrash-based death metal band before changing the name to Mortification. The copy I have is on silver colored vinyl, because it’s the 25th Anniversary of the release of this album. The Silver Anniversary. This has been a message from Captain Obvious. Moving on…

recon - behind enemy lines
To be completely forthright, Recon was never my all-time favorite band in the heavy melodic metal category, but it has its moments. This one came with a sticker of the album artwork. I still haven’t found the perfect spot to stick that sucker on, yet…

demon hunter - the triptyct
This is maybe my all-time favorite Demon Hunter album, and thus I nabbed this on the vinyl format. However, I specifically ordered the red vinyl, but got the mustard yellow vinyl. Regardless, this is a two-disc set, with the album on the three sides, and the fourth side with acoustic renditions of some of the songs on the album…

To Be Continued…

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – 2017 Easter Special

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2017 EASTER SPECIAL

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Mandatory March: BLOODGOOD

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Wrapping up this year’s Mandatory March with the legendary

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with cuts from:

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Mandatory March: ULTIMATUM

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March 18, 2017

MANDATORY MARCH

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Mandatory March: MORTIFICATION

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March 4, 2017

MANDATORY MARCH

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